Feeling Donovan Mitchell’s spidey suit?
Opening Monologue: “Boogie is betting on himself” – Nichols
“It’s an injury that can be overcome. I’ll make sure that I prove that” – Cousins
Think Boogie will silence critics this season?
“He gets to come back slower, more sure of himself. He doesn’t have the pressure of having to carry a team when he comes back” – Elhassan
“No matter what DeMarcus does, there will be some degree of criticism” – McMenamin
Celtics re-sign Marcus Smart to 4-year, $52M deal | “This is where I want to be” – Marcus Smart
Fair deal on both sides for Smart and Celtics?
“I do. He made a sacrifice by not going to the summer of 2019” – McMenamin
“He’s a culture guy” – McMenamin
“He’s the identity of the Celtics” – Elhassan
“They locked one piece down. It remains to be seen what happens with those other pieces” – Elhassan
How does Smart signing impact Terry Rozier?
“He’ll be the odd man out” – Elhassan
“It might not be the Celtics choosing Terry, it could be Kyrie choosing another team. By just default, Terry Rozier becomes that more attractive for the Celtics to try to keep” – McMenamin
July 19, 2012 – Damian Lillard drives to the basket and throws down the one-handed jam!!
Hindsight; Did ESPYS get “Best NBA Player” right? (LeBron James won it this year)
Reputation; Buy reasoning for SHAQ to name boat “Free Throw”?
A fan suggested:
Handles; Expect AD to bring the ball up more next season?
Memories; How much will you miss Lowry-DeRozan bromance?
Markets; Surprised Knicks are still most valuable franchise in NBA?
Valued at $3.6 billion (Via Forbes)
Jabari Parker: “They don’t pay players to play defense” (Via The Bernstein and McKnight Show from The Score in Chicago)
Is he right about who gets paid?
“You don’t get that many buckets, buddy. Your not that good to say that” – Elhassan
“There’s some degree of knowing who you are and knowing what you bring to the table and having full confidence in that” – McMenamin
Did Spurs really have to trade Kawhi?
Gregg Popovich explained, sort of the reasoning for making the deal:
“Attempts were made to see what would be best and in the end, this trade appeared and we felt that this was the way to go”
“We don’t really know. That’s between Kawhi and Pop” – Elhassan
“You got to move on. They achieved their goal of not trading him to the Western Conference” – McMenamin
Kawhi warming up to idea of playing in Toronto? (Via Toronto Sun and Woj)
“He can’t really know if he likes it or not” – McMenamin
“Might as well go and make the best of it” – Elhassan
“If he’s not warmed of being in Toronto, just wait until he hangs out with Drake this one time. He’ll warm up real quick” – Elhassan
Maverick Carter to Variety: LeBron will own NBA, NFL teams
“LeBron’s a sports fanatic” – McMenamin
“Does he want to be Paul Allen? If it’s that, I don’t see that happening” – Elhassan
Allen owns the Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks
Warriors GM Bob Myers on motivation to add Boogie:
“We all get caught up in positions, but let’s get the best players we can and put them out there and that’s what we always try to do. He fits that criteria.”
“It’s about good basketball players. Put as many good players on the court, get as many in this organization and try to go get another trophy”
Gap between Warriors & rest of NBA wider than ever?
“Massive. It’s as massive as it’s been” – Elhassan
“The one team that really pushed them got worse, in Houston. They got worse” – Elhassan
“It helps them add new blood” – McMenamin
Did Boogie and Klay just become best friends? (Nominee for best topic bar of The Jump for the month of July!)
“My favorite by far is Klay…For him to be as dull as he is, there’s never a dull moment.” – Boogie at his introductory press conference
“Nobody has an ego. Klay is the example of that” – McMenamin
“I want to produce a reality show around Mychal and Klay” – Elhassan
Michael Porter Jr. undergoes another surgery
“There’s no pressure on him to save the franchise. They’re a really good team. Nikola Jokic is their franchise player” – Elhassan
“I don’t think you want to tell him you’re not going to play next year because you take away that motivation” – McMenamin
Reaction to Thon Maker’s 3-Game FIBA sanction?
Here’s a refresher:
“It’s fair. But what was he supposed to do?” – Elhassan
“He’s just lucky that David Stern isn’t the commissioner of FIBA. It’s a fair suspension” – McMenamin
Karl-Anthony Towns handle this correctly? (Via the Star Tribune)
“This is the nature of the business. At the same time: Where’s my money?” – Elhassan